Today’s Sports Stat: July 9, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers have won 54 games (as of July 8), tops in the National League. Did you know that since the Brew Crew joined the N.L. in 1998 they have never had the most wins in the National League at the end of the year?

In fact, since the Brewers franchise came into existence in 1969 as the Seattle Mariners, the Brewers have led the majors in wins only once… in 1982. As a member of the American League East, the Brewers won 95 games that season, tops in all of baseball. It was also the only time the Crew played in the World Series.

Here is a look at the number of times each of the National League teams has led (or tied) the league (the N.L.) in wins since the Brewers joined the N.L. in ’98.

5: St. Louis
4: Atlanta
2: Chicago Cubs, L.A. Dodgers, Philadelphia, Washington
1: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, N.Y. Mets, San Francisco
0: Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Diego

Since 1969, the New York Yankees have had the most wins (or tied for the most wins) in the majors seven times, most of all teams. Twenty-one of the 30 MLB franchises have led or tied for the most wins in baseball at least once since ’69; nine have never done so in this timeframe.

Following are the seasons teams have led or tied for the most wins in baseball since 1969.

7: New York Yankees

5: Atlanta, Oakland, St. Louis

4: Baltimore, Cincinnati

3: Cleveland

2: Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers. New York Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

1: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle

0: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Texas, Toronto

Note: Through games of July 8, the Boston Red Sox lead the majors with 62 wins.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 5, 2018

Barring a total collapse in the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs will end this decade as the NBA’s winningest team in the 2010’s. The Spurs have won 511 games this decade (2009-10 season to 2017-18 season), 45 more victories than the team second on this list, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 466.

Considering that Golden State and Cleveland played for the NBA title in the last four seasons, it’s a testament to the Spurs’ consistency this decade that they will be known as the NBA’s best team of the 2010’s. The Spurs appeared in the NBA Finals twice this decade (2013 and 2014).

Following are the number of victories each of the 30 NBA teams had the past nine seasons this decade (teams are listed by their current franchise city).

San Antonio, 511

Oklahoma City, 466… Golden State, 448… Miami, 441… Houston, 435… Los Angeles Clippers, 416… Boston, 407… Chicago, 406

Portland, 398… Memphis, 395… Atlanta, 394… Indiana, 389… Dallas, 387… Denver, 383… Toronto, 382… Utah, 373… Cleveland, 369… Los Angeles Lakers, 326… Milwaukee, 325… New Orleans, 322… Washington, 321… New York Knicks, 307… Phoenix, 307… Orlando, 305… Charlotte, 302

Detroit, 292… Philadelphia, 264… Brooklyn, 258… Minnesota, 252… Sacramento, 248.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 2, 2018

In less than two seasons in Milwaukee, Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar has slugged 35 home runs in just 561 plate appearances, a long ball every 16 plate appearances.

How does that rank with other Brewers players? Aguilar’s 16.0 plate appearances for every home run are currently second on the franchise list. Topping the list is a recent former first baseman, Chris Carter, who spent all of one season with the team in 2016. He had 41 HRs in 644 plate appearances, one homer for every 15.7 plate appearances.

Following are the Brewers players who have the fewest plate appearances per home runs in a career with the team (minimum of 35 career home runs to qualify for the list).

Chris Carter, 15.7 (644 plate appearances, 41 HR)
Jesus Aguilar, 16.0 (561-35)
Eric Thames, 16.4 (687-42)
Russell Branyan, 16.5 (576-35)
Richie Sexson, 17.2 (2288-133)
Prince Fielder, 18.3 (4210-230)
Carlos Lee, 18.7 (1123-60)
Larry Hisle, 18.7 (917-49)
Khris Davis, 19.0 (1142-60)
Jeromy Burnitz, 19.8 (3269-165)
Rob Deer, 19.8 (2711-137)
Gorman Thomas, 19.9 (4133-208)

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 27, 2018

Houston’s Jose Altuve leads the American League (and all of baseball) with a .345 batting average. Should the Astros’ second baseman finish atop the A.L. batting leaders at the end of this season it would be his third consecutive batting crown and his fourth in five years.

Altuve, with three batting title already, is among some pretty elite company. He is one of only 20 players to win three or more league batting titles. If he gets his fourth, he would become the 12th player to do so.

Following are the players who have won three or more league batting titles (includes from 1901 to current season).

12: Ty Cobb

8: Tony Gwynn, Honus Wagner

7: Rod Carew, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial

6: Ted Williams

5: Wade Boggs

4: Miguel Cabrera, Roberto Clemente, Harry Heilmann, Bill Madlock

3: Jose Altuve, George Brett, Nap Lajoie, Joe Mauer, Tony Oliva, Pete Rose, Larry Walker, Carl Yastrzemski

Altuve could also become the ninth player in MLB history to win three straight batting titles. Both Tony Gwynn and Ty Cobb won three of more batting crowns twice in their careers.

Here are the eight players who won three or more consecutive batting titles.

Wade Boggs: 1985-88
Miguel Cabrera: 2011-13
Rod Carew: 1972-75
Ty Cobb: 1907-15 and 1917-19
Tony Gwynn: 1987-89 and 1994-97
Rogers Hornsby: 1920-25
Stan Musial: 1950-52
Honus Wagner: 1906-09

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 21, 2018

Back on June 16 in a game versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Braun stole a base, the 200th of his career. In doing so, Braun became only the 24th player in Major League history to have 300 career home runs and 200 career stolen bases.

There are a lot of surprising names on this list of two dozen (and some names that surprisingly are not on it). Here are the 24 players:

Player, Home Runs-Stolen Bases

Barry Bonds, 762-514
Hank Aaron, 755-240
Alex Rodriguez, 696-329
Willie Mays, 660-338
Sammy Sosa, 609-234
Frank Robinson, 586-224
Reggie Jackson, 563-228
Gary Sheffield, 509-253
Dave Winfield, 465-223
Jose Canseco, 462-200
Jeff Bagwell, 449-202
Andre Dawson, 438-314
Carlos Beltran, 435-312
Alfonso Soriano, 412-289
Joe Carter, 396-231
Larry Walker, 383-230
Don Baylor, 338-285
Daryl Strawberry, 335-221
Bobby Bonds, 332-461
Ron Gant, 321-243
George Brett, 317-201
Ryan Braun, 310-200
Reggie Sanders, 305-304
Steve Finley, 304-320

Who might join this above list in the future? Well, here are nine active players who currently have 150 career home runs and 150 stolen bases.

Curtis Granderson, 325-152
Matt Kemp, 271-183
Hanley Ramirez, 269-281
Chase Utley, 259-153
Ian Kinzler, 244-232
David Wright, 242-196
Mike Trout, 224-178
Andrew McCutcheon, 211-176
Ian Desmond, 154-165

It’s interesting to note that of the nine players above, all are in their 30’s except to Trout, who is 26.

 

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